The worlds of entertainment and motor racing collided Thursday night in Hong Kong as Variety hosted its A Night of Stars party and the Dragon Racing team unveiled its new electric car designed by Chinese company Faraday Future. The event, which coincided with this weekend’s FIA Formula E Hong Kong ePrix race in Hong Kong, drew celebrities such as actor-singer Aaron Kwok, sporting a head of blue-tinged hair, and canto pop star Miriam Yeung. Other attendees included model-actress Gaile Lok and former model Janet Ma.
The guests made their way down an expansive red carpet in the main courtyard of PMQ, a former police residency that has been converted into a shopping mall and studio space for up-and-coming designers. A contingency of fans of pop singer Alfred Hui were particularly noticeable in the crowd thanks to their light-up signs showing their devotion to the musician. Once they viewed the car — a white and black hot rod with orange trim — guests made their way up to Mediterranean restaurant Isono, to munch on cubes of tortilla, ham croquettes and jamón ibérico.
Archie Kao, an actor known for the role of Archie Johnson on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation,” said he has been on the road constantly this year, working on various projects in China. He moved to Beijing from Los Angeles two-and-a-half years ago and he said he’s enjoying the shift.
“I feel like we are in the middle of something historic,” said the Chinese-American actor. “L.A. is of course where my family is but I don’t find there to be as much cultural movement as there is here.”
One of Kao’s upcoming projects is a film called “Into the Rainbow” about teenagers in Auckland, New Zealand, who travel through a special rainbow to China. Kao, who said he’s looking to transition from acting into making his own movies, said he is seeing more and more examples of movies that transcend cultures and languages.
“More and more of the narrative is being cross-pollinated,” he said. “I’d like to make movies for a trans-Pacific audience and that doesn’t mean that one size fits all.”
For her part, Lok just returned to the big screen this year in a new comedy called “Husband Killers.” It’s her first film in 12 years as she had been concentrating on her modeling career over that time period. Her approach to a movie was different this time around, she said.
“I pay a lot more attention to what the director is doing, the lighting, the whole idea,” she said. “When I was younger, I was paying a lot more attention to myself.”
Ma, one of Hong Kong’s most famous ex-models, said she just wrapped a project producing a shoe event for department store Sogo. She had a few opinions about what Hong Kong should do to kick start flagging retail sales in the face of a slowdown in mainland Chinese tourism.
“I don’t think tourism should rely on one country,” she said, adding that she thinks the Hong Kong government needs to do more to make the city appealing to travelers from all over the world.
Yeung, a canto-pop star and actress, also urged Hong Kong to do more to support the local film industry.
“The most important thing is to help the younger people,” she said.
Variety, like WWD, is part of Penske Media Corp. (PMC) while the Dragon Racing Team, along with PMC, is owned by Jay Penske.